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Junior, foreign exchange student Alexandre Guay has always been fascinated with the mechanics and physics behind how everything works. It was after high school that he combined his love of airplanes and his fascination with mechanics and physics.
“In Montreal, the aerospace industry is strong and the demand for those jobs is rising,” he said.
Guay, 21, is an aerospace engineering student in Canada, who is taking mechanical engineering courses during his semester at North Carolina A&T State University.
Initially, Guay wanted to study in Europe or Australia. Given the number of students who applied for study abroad, there was a limited number of locations for him to study. Now he is glad it all worked out for him to come to America.
Study in the United States also allows Guay to immerse himself in the English language, which will help him in his pursuit of a career in aerospace engineering.
“The aerospace industry is also in English. One of the requirements to get a job in this field in Montreal is to speak French and English,” he said.
In the time Guay has spent at N.C. A&T, he has had several experiences that have thrown him into culture shock. There is a virtual rainbow of people from all parts of the world in Montreal, but what they don’t have is Southern hospitality.
“When you walk in the street here, everyone says hi. In my city if you do that people will look at you like you’re crazy,” he said. “I really like it here because I like the hospitality. It’s quite inviting. It’s easier to meet new people and make new friends.”
So far, one of the best parts about the experience for Guay has been meeting so many different people. On his second day here, he met another exchange student from Morocco. The pair, along with another friend, spend their weekends taking road trips. They’ve been to Charlotte, Raleigh and the Outer Banks. Other places they plan to visit are Washington, D.C. and New York City.
This has been quite the experience for Guay has he lived in Montreal and attending the same school with the same people from pre-kindergarten through high school.
“I wanted to meet new people and see what they think about life and hear new opinions,” he said.
Since coming to America, Guay has not had time to get homesick as he is still taking in all of these new experiences.
All in all, Guay has found the environment here at A&T more intimate and inviting.
“Here, the teacher comes in and speaks to us and talks to us. It’s different – here you get the feeling that you can disturb them and ask questions,” Guay said. “I get the feeling that the teachers are passionate about what they are teaching.”